Plenty to Gush About

From marveling about their play to the atmosphere they play in front of, four-star center Kyle Washington - one of the many unofficial visitors in attendance for Wisconsin's regular season finale Sunday - does have much to complain about when it comes to the coaches and players at the University of Wisconsin.

MADISON - Although he was born in the New York-New Jersey area and attends prep school in northwest Connecticut, Kyle Washington admits that there is something about the Midwest and living in Minnesota that just sits right with him.

It's a reason the 6-9 Washington came back to the Midwest on his spring break and why he kicked off his spring break with his fifth trip to Madison to attend his second Wisconsin game on Sunday.

Sitting behind the Wisconsin bench, Washington was one of many recruits that watched No.14 Wisconsin lead from start to finish to close out the Big Ten season and honor its seniors.

"It's a great atmosphere here and a great place," Washington told Badger Nation. "I have a lot of respect for the coaches and the players and what they are about. They are a program that does things right."

Reflecting on a first half that saw Wisconsin get scoring from six different players and build a 13-point halftime lead by holding Illinois to 18 points and forcing seven turnovers, Washington said he and his dad marveled about how unselfish the Badgers' play as a collective unit.

"I just think Wisconsin is disciplined," said Washington. "To really distribute the ball to each other for that kind of scoring is impressive. I don't think anybody is worried about getting the high school, even on their senior night. They just want to get a win, and they played much more disciplined than Illinois. You can see the contrast between those two teams."

After the game, Washington got to talk with associate coach Greg Gard (his recruiting contact), UW coach Bo Ryan and different recruits and commits to their vibe on Wisconsin basketball.

"This is one of the schools that I am highly considering, so I wanted to have these guys know me, exchange numbers and just talk whenever we need to," said Washington. "If I make a commitment here, I want to make sure I know everybody and know what I am going into."

Rated the ninth-best center in the country, Washington holds offers from Baylor, Florida, Iowa, Iowa State, Marquette, Miami, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Penn State, West Virginia and Xavier, and says that he has not begun the process of narrowing his list.

When he asked which coaching staff has showed him the most interest, Washington didn't hesitate to mention that Wisconsin has been the most personable.

"They always send handwritten letters and they sent me birthday cards on my birthday," said Washington. "They really are invested in me and I really appreciate that. I always love Coach Ryan. I always love Coach Gard and I talk to him frequently on the phone. Coach Gard comes to a lot of my games and you can tell that the support and dedication is there from them. I really love that about him."

Washington also didn't hesitate to go out of his way to describe what it would be like if he committed to Wisconsin.

"I really believe that if I came here and I was a freshman year, they would have all the belief in the world in me that I could do whatever I wanted to do here," he said. "I know it'll be hard, but I know they have that full commitment in me that I can excel on the court and be a great player for them, which is what I really want."

Washington has no future visits planned and has no set date of when he'll make his final decision.

"When I feel a gut feeling that this is the place I really want to go, I'll make my decision, but the latest it could be is the fall," said Washington. "I just take it day by day, talking to my family and my coaches about it."

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